Stanislaw LINDA



Initially, he was part of the Reich Labour Service in Germany, and then served in the German Army, in the HQ Infantry Replacement Battalion stationed at Goettinger.  He was wounded and spent some time in hospital.  In Dec 1942 he was incorporated into the HQ Company of Grenadier Replacement Battalion, and he belonged to the Volkslista III category.  By 1944, he was a Corporal in the 5th Company, 2nd Battalion of the 980th Infantry Regiment.

He arrived in UK on 30 July 1944, having recently turned 20 years old.

He was captured and surrendered to the British Army at Caen on 20 July 1944, saying it was his citizen’s duty to join the Polish Army.  He then spent some time in British POW camp No. 16, located on the grounds of Gosford House, near Aberlady, in Scotland.  On 9 Aug 1944, he was interrogated by Lt. W. Sudatycki – this was a screening by the Polish officer to ensure that only bona fida Poles were enlisted into the Polish Army.  On 14 Aug 1944 he was posted to the Reception Camp at Polkommet, a large camp to the west of Whitburn in West Lothian, where he was incorporated into the Polish Army.  The camp was a Polish Recruit Reception Centre with a capacity of 2,000 men.  It dealt with the enlistment and documentation of recruits from British POW camps.

On 20 Aug 1944 he was sworn in to the Polish Clearing Military Office No. 1, and the next day he adopts the pseudonym Stanislaw Kossak.  This is to protect him and his family, should he fall into German hands.  On 21 Aug 1944 he was assigned Category “A” (fit for active service) by the medical board.

On 26 Aug 1944 he is assigned to the Special Branch at Polish General Headquarters (GHQ) in England, and is included in the records of the Admin Branch of the Polish Ministry of National Defence and posted to a section at the disposal of Polish GHQ – Training Centre.

On 8 March 1945 he is transferred to the Signals Training Centre.  The next day he is transferred to the GHQ Signals Battalion, and assigned to a Radio Telegraphic Company.  On 3 July 1945, he is transferred to the 1st Radio Telegraphic Company.

15 Dec 1945: After two months in Crieff, Perthshire (at the Crieff Hydro Hotel), the College had to vacate the building as was moved to barracks (Nissen huts) in Bridge of Allen. 

12 June 1946 to 31 Dec 46, he was detached to the Infantry Training Centre (Secondary School in the name of Juliusz Slowacki)

16 Sep 1946, his service in the Polish Army and the next day he enlisted in the Polish Resettlement Corps and was given the number 30000381.